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Biography

 

Born on 15 September 1994, Raphaël Sévère received a very early musical education : the piano, the violin and the cello. Aged 8, he took up the clarinet at the Conservatoire of Nantes while continuing studying the piano.

At 11, he made his first solo appearance in China playing Mozart’s clarinet concerto for the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birthday with the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of YU Feng, the artistic director of the Beijing Opera Orchestra.

One year later, he was a prize winner of five international competitions including the Japan Clarinet Society competition in Tokyo where he won the first prize and the four special prizes (age-group 20).

At 15, baccalaureate holder, Raphael became the youngest French artist gaining a nomination as “Solo instrumental discovery” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2010.

Admitted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of 14, he obtained the master’s degree with high honors in June 2013.

In November 2013, Raphaël won the prestigious competition of Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, where he was awarded First Prize and eight special prizes.

In 2014, he was Prize-winner of Safran Foundation, Prize-winner of Banque Populaire Foundation, and artist-in-residence at Singer-Polignac Foundation.

In 2015, his Brahms CD (Mirare label) was rewarded Diapason d’Or of the year.

 

As a soloist, 

Raphaël played Mozart concerto in tour with the Ile de France National Orchestra, with the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Spivakov at Colmar International Festival, with Mulhouse Symphonic Orchestra, Cannes PACA Orchestra at Festival Génération Virtuoses in Antibes, Sinfonia Varsovia at La Folle Journée in Japan.

He performed Nielsen concerto with Tours Région Centre Orchestra, Copland concerto with Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra on Arte TV and with Auvergne Orchestra at La Folle Journée de Nantes.

Berlin 9 sept 2013At Musical Journeys in Europe 2013, Raphaël played Françaix concerto and Debussy Rhapsody with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra. He played Weber concerto with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta
at the French May 2014, and
Weber concertino with the Junges Sinfonie Orchester Berlin in Stars of tomorrow,
an Arte television programme presented by Rolando Villazon.

In September 2014, Raphaël plays Artie Shaw concerto with the Polish Chamber Orchestra at the Varsovia National Opera and with the ensemble Le Balcon at the Paris-Bastille Opera.
In October 2015, he performed as a soloist with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast (Miami) and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester Berlin (Weber concerto) and in England with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart concerto).

In 2017, he will play Mozart concerto with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse at Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, and Weber 2nd concerto on tour with Orchestre National de Lille. He will perform the world premiere of Four Autumn Landscapes World by Rogerson at Alice Tully Hall in New York as soloist with Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

 

In the field of chamber music,

Raphaël performed at La Folle Journée de Nantes and La Folle Journée in Japan with Modigliani quartet, Prazák quartet, Sine Nomine quartet, Les Esprits trio, Martha Arguerich, Boris Berezovsky, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Emmanuel Strosser, Gidon Kremer, David Grimal, François Salque.

He has given many recitals with pianist Adam Laloum including the Louvre Auditorium and the Orsay Museum Auditorium, Grenoble Auditorium, Menton Festival, Musiques Vivantes Festival, Musicales de Mortagne, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, KKL in LucerneMecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele, also with Igor Tchetuev at Festival de Radio France et Montpellier.

Raphaël has been invited at Grand Théâtre d’Aix en Provence, Eygalières Festival, Wissembourg Festival, Maurice Ravel Academy in Saint-Jean de Luz, in Paris at Salle GaveauOpéra ComiqueCité de la Musique, Concerts de Poche, with Ebène quartet, Olivier Charlier, Gérard Caussé, Gary Hoffman, Jérôme Pernoo, Xavier Philips, Philippe Bernold, Nora Gubisch, Jérôme Ducros, etc.

In October 2013, France Musique gave him a “carte blanche” during which he had the privilege of giving the world premiere of Francis Poulenc’s “Le voyageur sans bagage”.
In March 2015, he performed in New York Lincoln Center, in Washington Kennedy Center, in Boston, in Vancouver Musical Society.

In December 2016, he will debut at Théâtre des Champs Elysées de Paris with Victor Julien-Laferrière, cellist and Adam Laloum, pianist.